Mosquito Coast Paperback – Nov 23 2000
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A fun purchase for libraries in which funny fairy tales are popular.
School Library Journal
A harebrained joke but a good one.
About the Author
Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941. He has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including The Last Train to Zona Verde, Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta Suite, A Dead Hand, The Tao of Travel and The Lower River. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands. His most recent work is Deep South, which is published by Hamish Hamilton.
Top Customer Reviews
Contrary to other reviews I have read I have no feelings that Mother is weak or unable to stand up on her own. She believes in this remarkable man and his ability to make something out of nothing. Her reluctance to go against him comes from her true love for his strength of character and her desire to provide for her children. We are the ones who are stuck thinking survival means money and material goods. They were happiest with their simplicity, their basic needs and their faith in their father.
This story is tragic and beautiful, it is thought provoking and full of life. In the end, I am not so sure who the real savages are.
Some readers may be greatly off-put by Allie and his behavior; however, he is undeniably a magnetic and fascinating force. Fortunately, the book is narrated from the point-of-view of the teenaged son, Charlie, which allows the reader some distance from the sometimes repugnant Allie. Other readers may be disappointed by Allie's wife. She plays a relatively small role in the proceedings, and she seems to blindly go along with Allie, even when she suspects detrimental effects on her family. However, a man like Allie probably would be married to such a woman, as he likes to be in charge and assert himself on others strongly.
Overall, the Mosquito Coast is a one-of-a-kind literary experience, with a fantastic main character embedded in a rollicking-good story. Most highly recommended.
I love this nocel because the setting in the jungle is nice. And they tell about the story in the right places. It tells about a natural life in Honduras.
I like this book because I can imagine what the jungle like through the story, how the family live in a jungle, the problem of the ¡§natural life¡¨ that they have to face up, what did the villagers in the jungle look like, what the house in the jungle look like, how they can take bath by using simple equipment, the type of food they ate, the dangerous thing that sleeping in a jungle, etc, it was really interesting and attract me to read through the whole story.
And also, after reading this story, I¡¦ve got a strong feeling on Allie Fox, he thought that he was living in an imperfect world and wanted to create a new and simple life in the jungle, that was his own desire, he still needed to respect and concern the other¡¦s thinking, he cannot take them away from America by his own thought. His attitude shows that he was selfish and mad. His action brought his whole family to death. In the jungle, he made terrible mistake, the explosion pollute the river and lands, kill all the fishes, let the prisoners to come their home.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It took me a while, but I finally finished Mosquito Coast. Some say it’s Theroux’s best novel. It might be. I’m not sure. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Troy Parfitt
I don't mean to offend previous reviewers, but calling Allie Fox "magnetic" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. Read morePublished on June 12 2004
The character of Allie Fox is both the fuel and the fire of this ambitious and well-written yarn about an eccentric inventor who uproots his family and transports them to Honduras... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by D. Knouse
This story is about a family taht didn't want to apply changes. Allie Fox named himself as an inventors by using any stuff and think and pit them all together to be a better... Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Jeannie
The Story started about a father who was really hate living in the city. His name was Allie Fox, he is a inventer. He has a wife and 4 children, They all lived in New York. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Bryan
The story is about the Fox's family. allie Fox always think that America was an awful country. He hated everything about America. The people, the bilding, everything. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by devi
This story started when Allie Fox's started his madness. He took his family to the jungle in Jeronimo ( a primitive island ). He lied to his family. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Felicia Ratna
I admit I have enjoyed other Thereoux novels a little more than this one which appeared a little strained at times. The hero(? Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by Avid Reader